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MARC travel awards announced for Immunology 2011

Bethesda, MD FASEB MARC (Minority Access to Research Careers) Program has announced the travel award recipients for IMMUNOLOGY 2011TM, the 98th Annual Meeting of The American Association of Immunologists (AAI) to be held in San Francisco, California from May 13-17, 2011. These awards are meant to promote the entry of underrepresented minority students, postdoctorates and scientists into the mainstream of the basic science community and to encourage the participation of young scientists.

Awards are given to AAI members who are junior faculty and students presenting abstracts at the meeting. This year MARC conferred 37 awards totaling $61,050.

The FASEB MARC Program is funded by a grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, National Institutes of Health. A primary goal of the MARC Program is to increase the number and competitiveness of underrepresented minorities engaged in biomedical and behavioral research.



  • Temitayo Awoyomi, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
  • Chris L. Ayers, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
  • Audrea M. Burns, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow, Baylor College of Medicine
  • Moraima Castro-Faix, Ph.D. Candidate, Rutgers University
  • Jessica A. Chacon, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Research Center
  • Erin L. Collins, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Florida
  • Wilbert A. Derbigny, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Indiana University School of Medicine
  • Dante B. Descalzi, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
  • Leandra Figueroa, Graduate Research Assistant, University of Maryland School of Medicine
  • Veronica Gonzales, Ph.D. Candidate, Univ. of New Mexico, Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute
  • Louis E. Gonzalez, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
  • Joanna Gonzalez-Lergier, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow, Mount Sinai School of Medicine
  • Mireia Guerau-de-Arellano, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Researcher, The Ohio State University
  • Samuel T. Haile, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Maryland Baltimore County
  • Aleishia Harris, Ph.D. Candidate, Stanford University
  • Jeniffer B. Hernandez, Ph.D. Candidate, University of California, Irvine
  • Uzoma K. Iheagwara, M.D./Ph.D. Candidate, University of Pittsburgh
  • Candice A. Johnson, Ph.D. Candidate, Meharry Medical College
  • Deeqa Mahamed, Ph.D. Candidate, Cornell University
  • Glendie Marcelin, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
  • Kevin B. O'Brien, Graduate Student, University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Chetachi Okereke, M.D., Assistant Researcher, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Sterling B. Ortega, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
  • Karel Otero-Gutierrez, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Research Scholar, Washington Univ. School of Medicine
  • Pablo Penaloza-MacMaster, Ph.D. Candidate, Emory University
  • Shayla K. Shorter, Ph.D. Candidate, Emory University
  • Oscar Silva, M.D./Ph.D. Candidate, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Roberto Tinoco, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Associate, Sanford-Burnham Institute for Medical Research
  • Karina Vega, Ph.D. Candidate, City of Hope Beckman Research Institute
  • Tenisha D. Wilson, Graduate Student, University of Florida


  • Virginia P. Kocieda, Temple University
  • Tiffanny Newman, Temple University [AAI member]


  • Nadeem Fazal, M.D., Ph.D., Chicago State University [AAI member]
  • Rebecca Adorable, Chicago State University
  • Sherri Ojikutu, Chicago State University
  • Bolaji Thomas, Ph.D., Rochester Institute of Technology [AAI member]
  • Jennifer Nobrega, Rochester Institute of Technology


Contact: Fran Yates
Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology

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